Our Projects

Research Projects

Founded in 1999, CISC Semiconductor’s growth in size and economic was always much ahead of market growth. To provide outstanding performance in new technologies, CISC has a strong focus on R&D collaboration with companies within the area of CISC business. This is the reason why CISC since its first days was and still is involved in international research projects. From 2001 up to today CISC Semiconductor can reference on 55 Person Years effort directly spend in joint research & development projects in all over Europe with all major European companies. In diverse international projects and framework programmes, CISC Semiconductor plays a key role in the business field we focus on. In this way, CISC continuously can offer leading edge technology as we are part of the international research in system design of embedded microelectronic systems using newest technologies.

iDev40

iDev40

iDev40 focuses on “digitally connecting” value chains to facilitate and strengthen the innovation capacity of large and small European Electronic Components and System actors for sustainably competitive Electronic Components and Systems “Made in Europe”. The iDev40 (Integrated Development 4.0) European research project on networking for development and production processes for electronic components and systems has been started on 1st May 2018. The project will include 38 partners from 6 countries under the leadership of Infineon Austria. The 47 million euro project will focus on smart networking of development and production processes for electronic components and systems. It is planned to last for 3 years and focus on 3 areas:

  • Secure data and knowledge management along the product life cycle
  • Digital information flow
  • Innovations in the supply chain

Through the project, over 15,000 jobs will be secured in the companies involved over the medium to long term. iDev40 is organized as a private-public partnership and combines investments from industry, individual countries and ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) Joint Undertaking. In addition to investments from industry, iDev40 is co-financed by funding from Austria (BMVIT), Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and the ECSEL Joint Undertaking.

Webpage: http://idev40.eu
Start/Duration: May, 1st 2019 / 36 month

This project has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 783163. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It is co-funded by the consortium members, grants from Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Romania.

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PRYSTINE

PRYSTINE

Fully automated driving is one major enabler to master the Grand Societal Challenges of safe, clean and efficient mobility, and autonomous driving will affect society and most disruptively change the automotive industry as we know it today. Consequently it will also greatly impact the semiconductor industry and open new market opportunities, since semiconductors play an indispensable role as enablers for automated vehicles. PRYSTINE will realize Fail-operational Urban Surround perceptION (FUSION) which is based on robust Radar and LiDAR sensor fusion and control functions in order to enable safe automated driving in urban and rural environments. Furthermore, PRYSTINE will strengthen and extend traditional core competencies of the European industry, research organizations, and universities in smart mobility and in particular in the electronic component and systems and cyber-physical systems domain. PRYSTINE’s well-balanced, value chain oriented consortium, is composed of 60 project partners from 14 different European and non-European countries, including leading car manufacturers, Tier-1 suppliers, engineering and semiconductor suppliers as well as supply chain partners, technology integrators, universities and research institutes. The project will also have significant impact on smart regions. High tech jobs in the area of innovation toward automated driving which are expressed core competences of the participating countries such as Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

Website: https://prystine.eu

Start/Duration: May, 1st 2018 / 36 month

This project has received funding from ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 783190. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and by the 30 ECSEL Participating States.

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ARROWHEAD TOOLS

ARROWHEAD TOOLS

The Arrowhead Tools project aims for digitalisation and automation solutions for the European industry, which will close the gaps that hinder the IT/OT integration by introducing new technologies in an open source platform for the design and run-time engineering of IoT and System of Systems. The project will provide engineering processes, integration platform, tools and tool chains for the cost-efficient development of digitalisation, connectivity and automation system solutions in various fields of application. Arrowhead Tools is Europe’s largest project for solutions in automation and digitization for the industry. Arrowhead Tools has a budget of EUR 91 million and 81 participants, including 28 universities and research institutes and 53 companies from, among others, the automotive, mining, electronics and software industries.The purpose of the three-year project Arrowhead Tools is to create engineering tools for the next generation of solutions in digitization and automation for the European industry. These tools will bridge the gap that currently prevents a total integration of IT and operational technology, i.e. how the industry works towards the Internet of Things (IoT) and “system of systems”; to build large systems using the Internet of Things Framework.

Webpage: https://arrowhead.eu/

Start/Duration: May, 1st 2019 / 36 month

This project has received funding from ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 826452 and by the Carinthian Business Promotion Fund (KWF). This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and by the 30 ECSEL Participating States.

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SECREDAS

SECREDAS

SECREDAS stands for “Product Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems” – a project under the umbrella of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU). SECREDAS aims to build a reference architecture for Secure and Safe Automated systems compliant with the new GDPR Regulation. The focus will be on automotive, rail and personal healthcare, all of which demand high security and safety, covering technologies such as radar, lidar, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure and in-vehicle networks. CISC’s contribution is focussed on integration of enhanced chipsets providing multiple secure elements, thus allowing enhanced services and security on gateways for vehicles. This will enable now also 3rd party applications executing in a secure environment on the vehicle gateway to apply restricted access to users, maintenance staff and mobility service providers.

Press release: Secredas_Press_Release_CISC.pdf

Start/Duration: May, 1st 2018 / 36 month

 

SECREDAS is funded by the Electronic Component Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 783119 and by the Carinthian Business Promotion Fund (KWF). This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and by 30 the ECSEL Participating States. Polan

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STEVE

STEVE

How can e-mobility, light electric vehicles (EL-Vs) and e-bikes in particular, ease and improve the future traffic situation in small and medium-sized cities?
Possible answers to this question will be explored in the framework of the three-year research project STEVE (Smart-Tailored L-category Electric Vehicle demonstration in hEterogeneous urban use cases) funded by the European Commission. The cities Villach (Austria), Torino and Venaria (Italy) and Calvia (Spain) have been entrusted with this research project, that incorporates 21 partners from seven countries, that will invest together US$ 11.2 million (EUR 9.5 million) in the context of the project. CISC’s role is to provide and integrate a platform enabling secure and personalized mobile ticketing and optional payment. With it’s SDKs and Cloud services CISC will focus on mobile applications to access and use the services combined with gamification concepts. The major aspect is integration within existing vertical applications (two- and four wheelers EL-Vs mobility service providers, supporters, tourist attractions) in the context as a user-friendly, adaptable to country behaviors and regulations, boosted by a set of gamification concepts attracting the system to permanent (urban citizens) and occasional (=tourist) users.

Webpage: www.steve-project.eu
Start/Duration: November 1st, 2017 / 36 month

The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programm (Call H2020-GV-2016-2017) under the Grant Agreement No. 769944.

Disclaimer: The information and views set out in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

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TrustVehicle

TrustVehicle aims at developing and experimentally assessing on the consortium vehicle platforms trustable and robust controllers and sensor fusion systems along with adaptive Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), which can safely operate in complex and real-world traffic situations. Together with 11 other partners from the whole vehicle value chain TrustVehicle will enhance the safety and user-friendliness of level 3 automated driving (L3AD) systems during the transition period from human driving to fully automated driving.CISC contributions are threefold:

  • Provide modelling and simulation know-how supporting setup of simulation frameworks;
  • User acceptance evaluation, vehicle driver interaction, driver interaction measures;
  • Verification and evaluation of HMI concept in terms of user acceptance and feasibility to safe autonomous driving functioning, statistical analyses with data disaggregated by gender

Webpage: www.trustvehicle.eu
Start/Duration: June 1st, 2017 / 36 month

The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Program (Call H2020-ART-2016-2017) under the Grant Agreement No. 723324.

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SCOTT

SCOTT

SCOTT is “Secure COnnected Trustable Things” – a project under the umbrella of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU). SCOTT aims to extend the IoT for wirelessly connected smart sensors and actuators to be used in mobility, building & home / smart infrastructure, and health domains. It will not just deal with ‘things that are connected’, but with ‘trustable things that securely communicate’. SCOTT will therefore enable efficient, trustworthy connectivity and facilitate ubiquity of intelligent embedded systems and systems of systems. Inter alia, SCOTT will establish a ‘Trusted System Development Framework’, will provide measurable security, and will create an unprecedented ‘privacy labeling’ to create sustainable trust in the IoT. CISC’s contribution is in the area of definition of use cases and implementation of reference building blocks with focus on safety and security. CISC is leading all SCOTT’s “Standardization, Regulation, Certification” activities.

Webpage: www.scottproject.eu
Start/Duration: May, 1st 2017 / 38 month

SCOTT is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) under the program “ICT of the Future” between 06/2017 and 06/2020 (more information https://iktderzukunft.at/en/) and by the Electronic Component Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 737422. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and the public authorities from Austria (FFG), Spain, Finland , Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway.

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Recent International
Research Projects

CISC Semiconductor has been successfully involved in the past in joined international research with major companies, mainly from the semiconductor industry, automotive or wireless communication. Knowledge resulting out of these projects flow into our products being key success factors of our products. Requirements from our partners together with our advanced R&D results are the major ingredients of CISC Semiconductor Products like the CISC RFID Application and System Design Kit , the System Architect Designer (SyAD®) or others.

HighWise

HighWise

The project HighWise – Highly-Efficient Wireless Energy Management System for utility range Power Plants – aims to develop a novel plant controller concept, which will integrate generation, storage and measurement systems, by flexible, seamless and secure communication schemes including wireless communications for new sensor technologies also. The concept is based on a distributed decentralized approach offering more flexibility and redundancy to increase overall robustness and increases failsafe operations by applying functional safety standard(ISO26262) concepts, also high efficiency, low maintenance and MTBF increment.

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REFlex

REFlex

The project investigates a localization system of passive RFID tags for an intelligent process control system. The real-time tracking of components, tools, and products is a key technology to optimize work flows, e.g. in flexible manufacturing. REFlex not only covers research of the localization system and modeling of flexible production environments: Ethical and social implications of the new technology (possible tracking of persons) are studied as well.CISC works on Project specific adaptation of existing RFID test hardware for flexible production systems and act as interface to relevant standardization bodies.Webpage: not available

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Start/Duration: Oct, 1st 2014 / 39 month

The project is funded by by the Austrian Research and Funding Promotion Agency (FFG) under the ICT of the future program (Call IKT der Zukunft 2) under contract 485630.

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AVTR

AVTR

AVTR stands for “Optimal Electrical Powertrain via Adaptable Voltage and TransmissionRatio” – a project under the umbrella of the 7th Framework Program.

AVTR addresses the development of the complete Electrical powertrain optimised as a whole of systems:

Energy saving in pure urban drive up to 20% with respect to state of-the-art fixed transmission ratio,
Address the application to the largest market context (vehicles ranging in weight less than 1000kg),
High fun to drive because of the adaptable transmission ratio allowing best acceleration in all conditions
CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of simulation of the complete electrical power train for electrical vehicles with a weight below 1000kg.

Webpage: not yet established

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IoE

IoE

IoE stands for “Internet of Energy for Electric Mobility” – a project under the umbrella of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (JU). The objective of Internet of Energy (IoE) is to develop hardware, software and middleware for seamless, secure connectivity and interoperability achieved by connecting the Internet with the energy grids.The application of the IoE will be the infrastructure for the electric mobility. The underlying architecture is of distributed Embedded Systems (ESs), combining power electronics, integrated circuits, sensors, processing units, storage technologies, algorithms, and software.

The IoE will implement the real time interface between the power network/grid and the Internet. The grid will increasingly rely on smaller, locally distributed electricity generators and storage systems that are based on plug & play principles. Power network devices and loads at the edge (such as electrical vehicles, buildings, electric devices, and home appliances) can be charged or connected on any source of energy being solar, wind, or hydroelectric.

CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of identification for smart access to the electrical grid.

Webpage: www.artemis-ioe.eu

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Pollux

Pollux

POLLUX stands for Process Oriented Electronic Control Units for Electric Vehicles Developed on a multi- system real-time embedded platform – a project under the umbrella of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking(JU).

The objective of POLLUX is to develop a distributed real time embedded systems platform for next generation electric vehicles, by using a component and programming-based design methodology. Reference designs and embedded systems architectures for high efficiency innovative mechatronics systems will be addressed with regard to requirements on composability, networking, security, robustness, diagnosis, maintenance, integrated resource management, evolvability and self-organization.

Next generation Electrical Vehicles will begin the convergence between computer and automotive architectures: future automobiles will be mechatronic systems comprising a multitude of plug-and-play and self configurable peripherals. Peripherals will be embedded systems containing hardware, algorithms, software. The architecture will be based on distributed energy while the propulsion systems will adopt radical new control concepts. Sensing, actuation, signal processing and computing devices will be embedded in the electronic equipment, electrical motors, batteries and the mechanical parts as well.

CISC Semiconductors contribution is in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.

Webpage: www.artemis-pollux.eu

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e3car

e3car

e3car stands for “Energy Efficient Electrical Car” – a project under the umbrella of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (JU).

The objective of the e3car project was the development of nanoelectronics technologies, devices, circuits architectures and modules for hybrid and electrical cars/vehicles and demonstration of these modules in a final systems.

The project considered both vertical integration with the final user and equipment providers and horizontal cooperation to build a solid nanoelectronics technology base for Europe electrical car industry and establish standard designs and platforms for electrical/hybrid cars. The project considered architectures, technologies and modules being applied to electric vehicles on systems and sub-system levels.

New design and concepts have been developed for power train, power conversion, power management and battery management. These systems are nowfail safe and fault tolerant. New methods and technologies for improved reliability and increased lifetime have been derived during the validation phase.

In this context the power and high voltage electronics and smart miniaturized systems for power management, engine control and energy recovery systems have been specified and developed, based on the voltage/current range of needed module.

CISC Semiconductors contribution was in the area of modelling and simulation technologies.

Webpage: www.e3car.eu

SR2

SR2

The SR2 project – which stands for “Short Range Radio” – focuses on novel and ultra low power radio components in the Wireless Personal and Body Area Network landscapes. Its ultimate goals are to develop multi-standard System-on-Chips, assess their coexistence performance and integrate them in selected applications for home monitoring and automation.

CISC contribution is in the area of UWB (Ultra Wide Band) and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS).

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ROBIN

ROBIN

The project ROBIN (Robust Design for Efficient Use of Nanometer Technologies) addressed signal corruption in Systems-in-Package either at macro-level (power distribution, substrate) or micro-level (interconnect crosstalks, natural radiations). By considering manufacturing constraints, optimal trade-offs will be defined between circuit robustness and efficient use of technology, down to 45 nm.

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Witness

Witness

Wireless Technologies for small area Networks with Embedded Security &Safety (WITNESS) aims to develop new techniques for short-range wireless communication using very low power techniques.

As in all wireless transmissions, significant risk of interference and security attack being a potential cause of major communication link failure with harmful consequences on safety and privacy.

CISC Semiconductor contributed to this project in total more than 5 man years within the timeframe from 2005 to mid of 2007. Main areas of CISC Semiconductor’s R&D work cover tools and design methodologies for system development mainly at that level in BAN, Bluetooth and Zigbee. Beeing active in a number of relevant standardization bodies (a.o. ISO/IEC and CENELEC) CISC Semiconductor proposes and supports the project contributions in these standards. Furthermore, CISC applies UHF and LF system concepts to system design and evaluation of active LF and UHF systems and models key building blocks of the system in a system design language.

More public information is available on the MEDEA+ web page or from the Witness project profile ( 0,2 MByte).

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TechnoDaT

TechnoDaT

TechnoDaT stands for “Technology Driven Design and Test”. The project started in 2001 and finished by end of 2004.

CISC was contributing 12 MY of research work in areas of Embedded Flash Memory Macro Modelling, Virtual Test Engineering and esablishing a frame work for a complete and comprehensive technology database.

More information about this project can be found here.

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Anastasia+

Anastasia+

“Analog Enhancements for a System to Silicon Automated Design” was started in 2001.

CISC was contributing to this project since mid of 2002 in the area of system simulation. Until the end of 2004 CISC’s contribution had been more than 4 man years. CISC’s work was related to the simulation of heterogeneous embedded microelectronic systems. A method to combine system level simulations with descriptions suitable for the simulation on block level had been developed. The work focused on the problem handling analog behavior and components within basically digital system descriptions. The developed approach uses VHDL or SystemC as modeling language for analog and mixed signal block level models together with system simulation tools.

Please find out more about the project on its web page.

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LiMA

LiMA

The project LiMA (Learning Platform in Microelectronic Applications) was one of the projects of the Fifth (EC) Framework Programme – Creating a user-friendly information society (IST).

From September 2001 till August 2003, CISC was envolved in testing the framework and contributed an web based application service interface to access standard EDA tools for circuit design (like e.g. Modelsim from Mentor Graphics).

Webpage: www.lima-project.de

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